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Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year Rum is agricultural, meaning it's produced from fermented sugar cane juice rather than the more typical molasses. The sugar cane juice is double distilled and aged for eight years in Limousin oak barrels.
Dupré Barbancourt created the Barbancourt rum recipe in 1862 in Haiti, where the rum is still produced today. A French national, Barbancourt incorporated traditional French methods including double-distillation in the process.
Excellent on all fronts for sub $30. Bottled at 43% which makes it a great sipper. If I were to fault it I would say it's a bit generic and lacking a wow factor. But really it's far to good and enjoyable at it's price point to care about such a minor and petty thing.
It’s also an all around brown rum substitute. It can be perfectly used in any drink that calls out for brown rum.
Its a nice to rum drink with a coke or for mixing drinks with
Pleasant aroma. Smooth taste with no added annoying sweetnes. Balanced tones of smokey oak
I agree with @Delactablee, Almost a whiskey flavor. Smooth, well balanced. Can't tell it's over proof. Kind of dry, but the sweetness sneaks up later.
Assolutamente da non consigliare. Adatto per uso in mitologia, ma per uso troppo costoso.
I must have something to collect, so here is another fine rum.
In time, i must taste it, but not now :)
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Smooth drink, nice color and very pleasant aftertaste. Not quite great,but pretty good.
My first supposedly sipping rum, given to me as a gift from someone who did not drink. Smokey, light in body and harsh going down. My first and last bottle.
Reading about this rum I discovered it to be one made from sugar cane juice rather than from molasses and from what I have read is produced in the French Caribbean tradition.
Now what "French Caribbean tradition" means in detail is unknown to me at this point. I may learn about that later one being that I am now fascinated...perhaps infatuated...with rum.
Anyway for me this is a borderline sipping rum. Rather smooth but just not quite smooth enough for me. However it is still a pretty good rum. I cannot really put a good descriptive term concerning its aroma in the bottle other than to say I like it. And I really cannot put my finger on why.
The flavor is quite nice. Rather complex mixture of flavors, none of which stand out meaning it's well-balanced. Not really a burn but more of an enveloping warmth that coats the tongue then fades but lingering in the throat. I get a butteriness to it along with a mild sweetness. Very good rum. And at $25 a bottle I think it is a good rum to keep on hand. However for me, it's best as a mixer but I cannot argue if someone prefers it neat. Works well either way.
Great sipping rum for a rum lover. The extra quick from the agricole notes plus wood notes makes it a great dram. One of the most underrated brands out there but great value for the one looking for something special without having to brake the bank
It is different from any other rum that I've tried. I like it.
A very nice rum to sip straight, blends well into any rum-based cocktail. Has a nice sweet undertone, rich flavor. A titch sharp going down but a smooth finish. Definitely has a place on my shelf.
Nice rum the bottle is exotic to serve in a party but if you are looking for the best move on
This is good rum, not great or amazing, but a good rum. Serving this to someone, I know I'm serving the good stuff but not the best. I drink it with one ice cube. The notes of oak are present with a small vanilla (not a spiced rum), the alcoolic "bite" is nice, it has a nice scent...
Definitely better than his younger brother (the 3-Star)... I love drinking it On the rocks, but it's an amazing rum in cocktails
I go back and forth between Barbancourt and Appleton VX. Barbancourt has a deeper level of oak and a similar smoothness on the finish, but I just can't bring myself to love it. It can be sipped, but for the all the fuss on the label, it isn't anything special. It seems a waste to dump it into a mixed drink, but perhaps for a Mai-Tai (which is what I prefer to use Appleton in) it would lend an element of toast and depth.
Nice golden , yellow colour , aroma of honey and a medicinal smell reminds me of Witch Hazel ? As said , clean and crisp and rather dry. Tastes well made but not for me as a sipper , but it does make an excellent rum and coke !
View: Pours light golden brown.
Nose: Faint hints of burnt vanilla, almost charred smell
Initial Tasting: No distinct flavors to pinpoint; almost medicine-like; a bit harsh on the palate
Body: Burnt sugar that doesn't last
Fade: Not much on the back end
Overall: Not my cup of tea whatsoever. Could be a good rhum to mix with; preferably with a fruit juice and other spirits.
Goûté par hasard et adopté. Assez riche, équilibré entre douceur et impétuosité sèche, mais tout de même 43°. Boisé et fruité. Beau produit.
I liked this one. Recommended by the local seller and he was right.
Una piacevole sorpresa.
Preso quasi per caso, si rivela un rum tutt'altro che semplice e scontato.
Leggeri caramello e vaniglia, miele che compare a tratti.
Finale secco, poco persistente.
Non stufa e si lascia bere con garbo.
Rum elegante e inaspettato.
Nice rum agricole. Tasty both straight up and in coke. Great value for money.
Edit: After the bottle being opened for a few weeks the rum began to have a wierd smell and taste to it. Ended up giving the bottle to a friend who mixes it with coke. Went down from a 7 to a 6 because of this.
I feel like this rum was just average... I didn't hate it. But It didn't leave a lasting memory for me.
Rhum agricole très agréable à boire, simple et efficace.
Premières impressions, un nez assez léger et délicat,
En bouche, je trouve qu'il prend de l'ampleur et de la longueur avec le temps.
Un rhum sans grandes surprises aromatiques mais à conseiller tout de même pour son prix très avantageux.
Just great. I've tried different alcohol from different countries, but this one has impressed me. The smell, the color, the taste is just off the chain. I'd recommend this to anyone, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
PS: I think if it was more expensive, people would appreciate it more
Barbancourt 5 Star rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide